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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09599: Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 5 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will use the apprenticeship levy to support the road haulage industry in dealing with the reported shortage of HGV/LGV drivers and, if so, how.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 16 June 2017

In direct response to the views of employers in Scotland, and reflecting on the Apprenticeship Levy consultation responses we received, all of the funds raised through the Apprenticeship Levy will be invested in skills, training and workforce development to meet the needs to employers, the workforce, young people and Scotland’s economy. This was set out in the Scottish Government’s response to the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy by the UK Government which I published in December 2016.

The Scottish Government has been working with our national skills agency, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), on the skills shortage in the haulage industry. Details of this work were provided to you in relation to question S5O-01110 on 14 June 2017.

The answer to the oral parliamentary question is available on the Parliaments website, the official Report can be viewed at: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=11005&i=100567